When it comes to healing from a pinched nerve in the lower back, early diagnosis is critical to prevent further damage and complications.
But what’s really confusing is that you’ll be offered the exact same pinched nerve “treatment”, whether you’re diagnosed earlier or later.
Nice colorful pills. Those will be offered to you as a “solution”.
But the average doctor will teach you absolutely nothing about fixing the root cause of your pinched nerve, how to heal it completely and prevent it from coming back in a month or so.
Nor will he tell you that medication only covers up the symptoms and that the pain will come right back, if you don’t address the root cause.
Here you’ll find the best alternative, safe and natural treatments for a lower back pinched nerve, and how to fix what’s been causing it in the first place.
What Does a Pinched Nerve Feel Like?
I feel like needles are poking my body.
A pinched nerve is a nerve which receives too much pressure from surrounding tissues (bones, cartilage) and as a result, becomes “pinched” and unable to transmit electric signals properly.
When this nerve finally “gives up” and stops working – you feel tingling/pins and needles, burning and shooting pains (down your legs) along with feelings of numbness or muscle weakness.
What Causes a Compressed Nerve?
A few common causes for lumbar pinched nerves are:
1. Repetitive motion
2. Holding the body in one position for long periods (sitting too much at work? here’s what to do!).
4. Arthritis of the spine.
But when we look at these causes through the holistic approach, we see that all of these causes have the same root cause: muscle Imbalances.
The important thing to understand is that a pinched nerve, or Sciatica, is not a condition or a disease.
It’s just a symptom of something else.
Much like coughing is a symptom of pneumonia. If you want to stop the coughing, the smart way to go is to cure pneumonia, not just swallow coughing syrup.
We’ll get to that later, and see how to reverse it – easily and at home.
How Long Does a Pinched Nerve Last?
Pinched nerve recovery time depends on both the amount of damage and the type of treatment you choose.
Damage from a pinched nerve may be minor or severe. It may cause temporary or long-lasting problems. The earlier you get a diagnosis and treatment for nerve compression, the more quickly you’ll find relief.
But by treatment, I mean alternative treatment. Pain medication is NOT treatment.
Let’s get right down to how to heal your compressed nerve as quickly as possible – without medication.
The 3 Simple Steps to Reverse a Lumbar Pinched Nerve – at Home
Treating a lumbar pinched nerve naturally can be done in 3 easy steps:
- Natural pain relief.
- Pinched nerve exercises for lower back
- Fixing the root cause
Step #1 – Natural Pain Relief
No one can focus on healing when the pain is unbearable.
All you want right now is for the pain to go away. But I can assure you, you CAN get lightning-fast pain relief – without any medication.
Here are 2 of the best options:
1. Infrared Light Therapy
In my experience and through my research the ultimate natural pain relief method is infrared light therapy.
A simple infrared heating pad can relieve your pain naturally in a matter of 30 minutes, for about 6 hours – without medication.
Infrared rays (invisible red light rays, part of the sun’s light spectrum) penetrate deep into your tissues, all the way to your bones, quickly boosts circulation in the area and promotes the arrival of pain-relieving and healing nutrients via your blood.
Infrared therapy can be a powerful and safe pain-relieving method and no side effects were found in research until today.
👉 I love this therapy so much that I have a dedicated blog about it – Infrared-Light-Therapy.com 👌
If you’ll read a few Amazon buyer reviews (look for the real ones, that say “Amazon verified purchase”) and the amazing healing stories will lift your spirits and give you something to look forward to.
If you want to learn more about this natural pain relief method, see my article about why infrared therapy is the ultimate pain relief method.
2. Inversion Table
Inverting is another highly effective natural treatment for compressed nerves. Inverting immediately takes the load off the compressed nerve and allows for 2 things to happen:
- Natural (and sometimes immediate) pain relief (by removing the pressure).
- Increasing the space between the vertebrae allows for rehydrating the discs in your spine.
If your pinched nerve is caused by a herniated or bulging disc, this step could be very helpful and with time and commitment, even lead to the complete healing of your back.
You don’t have to use an inversion table (if you do – here is the complete buying guide) if you have doubts about gravity tables. You can use any home spinal decompression device and get the same results.
The two best alternative options are the Nubax Trio and the Teeter Back Stretcher.
👉 You can see my detailed review for the Nubax Trio – HERE.
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Step #2 – The Best Pinched Nerve Exercises/Stretches
One of the best ways to relieve and heal lumbar pinched nerve is doing a few daily stretches.
Not only do they relieve pain and help heal the damaged nerve, but they also help prevent the injury from recurring.
Here are the 3 best pinched nerve stretches:
- Hamstring stretch – start in a sitting position, then lean forward and try to touch your toes. Hold for 1-3 seconds and slowly sit up straight. Repeat 3-5 times. This gently stretched your hamstrings.
- Side stretch – stand with your hands on your hips, in a straight (but comfortable) position. Stretch your lower back gently by leaning to your right side, and then to your left side. Repeat 5 times each side.
- Core twist – start in a sitting position with your legs placed at shoulder width. Place your left hand on your right knee and stretch your body forward to stretch your back muscles. Hold for 5-7 seconds and repeat on the other side.
Step #3 – Fixing the Root Cause
Now that your pain is relieved, you can focus on treating the root cause of your pinched nerve.
The best way to do that is by rebuilding the support structure of your back.
A healthy back comes from within. You can’t fix it with a pill. You can’t get it from a gadget. And the surgeon can’t install it on the operating table (too many back surgeries fail or produce no results at best).
Consider physically rebuilding your “back support system”. In simpler terms – restore the muscle balances in your lower back.
You can learn more about muscle imbalances, how they caused your pinched nerve in the first place and how to fix them HERE.
What have you tried so far to fix your pinched nerve? share with us in the comments below.
To your health and happiness,